As a non-surfing surfing enthusiast, I recently wrote about surfing in the Southern California area, focusing on Carlsbad, Encinitas and Cardiff. I mentioned the California Surf Museum in Oceanside but had not yet paid a visit. So I could not comment very much.
Well, today I stopped in on my way home from showing Oceanside homes- and I'm glad I did. While I do not yet surf, I absolutely am enthralled with the history of the sport here in Southern California and the lifestyles that have evolved.
Surfing has had a tremendous impact on communities, sports, attitudes and much, and to live in this area on has to appreciate the influence that surfing has had, and still has, from Oceanside to San Diego.
You owe it to yourself to stop by the California Surf Museum, on the 101 in the center of Oceanside at 223 N. Coast Highway. And make sure you also talk to Todd Quinn - he is incredibly knowledgeable about the sport, the history, the surfing greats, AND is passionate about the preservation of the history and educating folks about all aspects of surfing. It goes far beyond a sport or recreation, but is a lifestyle that has had far-reaching influences on many communities for decades.
If you have any interest in surf boards, the museum is an amazing collection of history - one board, or wood, on the ceiling is about 100 years old. But there is so much more - photos, books, movies, collectibles, posters, and just about anything related to surfing you can imagine. The museum also features exhibits from time to time, and currently has an exhibit of photography by Tom Keck, the famed photographer who has been chronicling surfing since the 1950s, with photos of some of the most famous surfers in history. Truly an incredible photographic journey back in time.
Another neat bit of news. It seems the museum may be moving to a new, much larger location on Pier View which will allow them to further expand the collection. This will make an already terrific museum even better. Admission is free, but donations are always helpful.
So take some time to stop by and enjoy a bit of surfing history.
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